Australia is the 6th largest country and the largest island in the world. Europe can quite comfortably fit inside of it. Its a challenge just attempting to comprehend how massive this country is!
We road tripped Australia over 3 months, traveled through 4 time zones and enjoyed the best that it has to offer. Over this time we put together this awesome Bucket List of things to do and see in Australia. Here we go…
The East Coast
Steve Irwins Australia Zoo is absolutely amazing! The birds, lizards, tigers and main event, the world famous Crocodile show at the crocoseum cannot be missed!
Sailing The Whitsundays
Making the number 2 spot is the beautiful Whitsundays. It’s got everything, white sand, blue sea, Turtles, giants fish and stunning coral. What more could one ask for?
The Great Barrier Reef
As one of the 7 natural wonders of the world, The Great Barrier Reef is another must do on the East Coast. You’ll never see coral this amazing – Our eyes were popping out of our heads!
4×4 Around Frazer Island
Being the largest sand island in the world only 4×4’s are allowed to drive here. Get yourself on a tour and hoon around this gorgeous island in true Aussy style.
Walk Along The Sydney Harbour Bridge
Check out Australia’s largest city from the best viewpoint in town, the Sydney Harbour Bridge. There’s no better location to view the Opera House than from the harbour bridge.
Draintree Rainforest and Cape Tribulation
It’s the oldest Rainforest in the world at 120 million years old! To see the rainforest meet the beautiful white sand beaches in North Queensland is a sight not to be missed.
The Blue Mountains
Yet another world heritage listed sight long the East Coast – Get your hike on around this 1 million-hector mountain range found just 90 minutes out of Sydney. It’s definitely a picture postcard sight.
Kangaroos on the beach, Cape Hillsborough
Get up early to greet 20 or so Kangaroos as they hop around to find their beach breakfast during sunrise.
Beware of Nimbins famous cookies! This is the hippy capital of Australia and hand in hand with that – The drug capital. Hopefully you’ll remember this colourful visit.
Surf Byron Bay
In Australia everyone surfs and Bryon Bay is the perfect place to experience your first surf lesson. Shaka your way on a board as you ride these famous waves alongside the pros.
The Secret Tea Tree Lake
Never heard of this one? That’s no surprise. This lake at Lennox Head is filled with Tea Tree oil from the hundreds of trees that line its shores. It’s an opportunity for a free skin and hair therapy session.
Fairy Pools, Noosa Heads
Coral and tropical fish call these little swimming holes home. Hidden in Noosa National Park are a couple of picturesque rock pools that are made for explorers like us! You’ll be wowed!
Whale, Dolphin and Turtle Watch, Nambucca Heads
Introducing the Whitsundays little brother, Nambucca Heads. It’s got white beaches and amazing marine life, the best place to swim with dolphins and turtles on the East Coast.
Australian War Memorial, Canberra
Welcome to Capital territory. The War Memorial in Canberra is a humbling building to visit and pay respects. You’ll enjoy learning about some of Australia’s heroes and military history.
Climb Castle Hill, Townsville
Sunset or sunrise Castle Hill in Townsville is a long steep walk up a 350m road but the multiple viewpoints are the perfect place to enjoy some stunning views of the city.
The Hinterlands, Sunshine Coast
The Gold Coast Hinterland is full of unspoilt National Parks with even more stunning walking and hiking locations. Get those hiking boots ready, you’ll need them!
Wet’n’Wild, Gold Coast
Feeling hot? This is the most enjoyable, exciting and exhilarating place along the east coast to cool down in some water. Don’t expect a relaxing day though, this is one serious water park.
Giant Balancing Rocks, The Pyramid
Discover Girraween National Park in New South Wales. After a long steep walk you’ll be rewarded with some amazing giant balancing rocks alongside a stunning view at the summit.
Sunset, Glass House Mountains
The sun going down behind the Glass House Mountains is undoubtedly the best sunset along the East Coast and one that you cannot miss. Visit the Mary Cane Cross lookout to take in this view.
The South Coast
Drive The Great Ocean Road
Road tripping you say? It wouldn’t be a true road trip without doing the Great Ocean Road. Say hello to Kangaroos and Koalas, hand feed Parrots, visit shipwrecks and see the 12 apostles.
Penguin Parade, Philip Island
Ever seen 1000 little Penguins come ashore and waddle home? Get to Philip Island to witness this amazing phenomenon with your own two eyes. They are so little and cute!
Victoria Market, Melbourne
Vic Market offers everything and anything that a tourist could want or need, from cheap fruit to boomerang’s – It’ll have it on sale for all to buy, be prepared for one giant market.
Party in Melbourne’s Quirky Bars
Rated as one of the most liveable city in the world, Melbourne definitely offers some great drinking spots! Fitzroy Street is full of Melbourne’s best bars along side some great wall art.
Port Campbell National Park is world famous for its extraordinary collection of wave-sculpted rock formations and the Twelve Apostles.
Flinders Chase National Park (Kangaroo Island)
This park is a rugged wilderness featuring iconic landmarks such as the world-famous Remarkable Rocks and Admirals Arch. Enjoy the park and its diverse wildlife on the network of walking trails and experience a stay in a heritage-listed light keepers cottage.
Seal Bay Conservation Park
Seal Bay has been home to an Australian sea lion population for thousands of years, and offers one of the most exceptional nature-based experiences in the world. There are no enclosures or cages at Seal Bay, just free roaming seals.
The Blue Lake (Mount Gambier)
As one of the most-visited tourist spots in Mount Gambier, the Blue Lake is considered to be the gem of Mount Gambier’s tourist attractions. It is certainly a unique and breathtaking sight which awes thousands of visitors year after year.
Adelaide Botanic Garden
In the heart of the city but another world away … Take time out to explore the beauty and diversity of plants from across Australia and around the world.
The West Coast
You’ll find yourself walking through huge cell blocks, around the gritty prison yards and climbing up watch towers in order to take in stunning dominating views of this profound World Heritage listed building.
Formed over millions of years these tall limestone spires rise from the ground sporadically within the desert of Nambung National Park. Drive around the 4×4 track, walk through the of thousands of pinnacles and visit the informative and interesting discovery centre.
Kalbarri National Park
Natures Window, the Z – Bend, Hawk’s Head, Ross Graham Lookout. All of these are stunning locations with breath taking views, walking and river swimming spots!
DOLPHINS! These are not your normal Dolphins playing in the ocean or at Sea World. Every morning at 07:45AM the same family of dolphins that have visited this beach since the 1980’s arrive to be fed from the hands of humans as they have done for he past 40 years. It’s amazing to watch this unique relationship between the trusting dolphins and respectful humans.
Shark Bay is a World Heritage listed location littered with attractions. From the Little Lagoon and it’s turquoise water, Lemon Sharks at Eagle Bluff, billions of shells at Shell Beach and the worlds fist living organism, the Stromatolites, its a pretty special place.
Why is Coral Bay so awesome? You can enjoy a relaxing beer on the beach, play some games, then, pop on a set of fins and snorkel, paddle out 10 metres into the sea and here you’ll find yourself swimming in the Ningaloo reef, with tropical fish and of course several Turtles!!
This is the second World Heritage listed coral reef in Australia. The marine life here is unrivalled! We splashed out on a $350 AUD Whale Shark tour whilst in Coral Bay and discovered the reef for outsells. Whilst on the tour we saw…Wait for it – Turtles, Manta Rays, Sea Snakes, Dolphins, Tropical fish, a Tiger Shark, lots of reef Sharks and eventually a giant 7 metre Whale Shark that we swam with for an hour!
This is one of the most stunning beaches in the world. It’s isolated and only a lucky few people will ever have the pleasure of enjoining its white sands and turquoise waters. As soon as you enter the water you’ll find yourself merely metres away from the Ningaloo Reef, so swim, snorkel and relax on a beach that’s rated one of the top 20 worldwide.
Karijini National Park
Even amongst a list like this, Karijini clearly stands out, its simply astonishing! It boasts 100 metre deep gorges, beautiful water falls, unique rock formations and pristine lakes. Suffice to say it’s very adventurous and at times a heart stopping walk and swim through the fore mentioned.
80 Mile Beach
Magnificent sunsets, great fishing, shark spotting, gloriously colourful shells and 80 miles of empty perfect coastline is what awaits you at 80 mile beach. Again, this is another cool must do on the West Coast.
The Red Centre and North
Litchfield National Park
Litchfield National Park features numerous waterfalls which cascade from a sandstone plateau called the Tabletop Range, monsoon rainforests, intriguing magnetic termite mounds and historical sites.
Kakadu National Park
In Australia’s biggest national park you’ll find rugged escarpments, lush rainforest and rock art galleries up to 20,000 years old. Learn about Aboriginal culture from traditional owners the Bininj/Mungguy people, take in thundering waterfalls.
Uluru is listed as a World Heritage is one of Australia’s most iconic symbol. Located in the heart of the Uluru Kata Tjuta National Park in Australia’s Red Center, Uluru is an ancient landscape that is rich in culture and spirituality of indigenous Australians.
Scale the towering Kings Canyon to catch the sunrise across Watarrka National Park in the Northern Territory. Watarrka National Park covers 71,000 hectares (274 square miles) and has been home to the Luritja Aboriginal people for more than 20,000 years
Alice Springs Desert Park
Alice Springs Desert Park is like a botanic garden, a zoo, a centre for Aboriginal culture and an environmental conservation institute, all rolled into one.
Mount Wellington (Hobart)
Stroll through cool forested gullies along historic walking tracks or traverse Wellington Range in the saddle on horse or mountain bike. Four wheel drive along rough mountain trails, climb leaning dolerite towers, or sit quietly among the birds.
Port Arthur Historic Site
The Port Arthur Historic Site is one of Australia’s most important heritage sites and tourist destinations. Located on the scenic Tasman Peninsula in the south east of Tasmania, it offers a unique and essential experience for all visitors to the area.
The market has a mix of over 300 stallholders, showcasing the best that Tasmania has to offer. You will find delicious food, artisan jewelry, fine Tasmanian handcrafted timbers, handmade clothing, as well as vintage collectables, pottery, plants and flowers.
Wineglass Bay, on Tasmania’s Freycinet Peninsula, is considered one of the top ten beaches in the world. This flawless crescent of dazzling white sand and sapphire-coloured sea set against pink and grey granite peaks is one of Australia’s most beautiful natural environments
Hobart Museum of old and new art
The Museum of Old and New Art – Mona is Australia’s largest private museum and one of the most controversial private collections of modern art and antiquities in the world. The collection includes everything from ancient Egyptian mummies to some of the world’s most infamous and contemporary art.